Tuesday, September 13, 2005


Have any of you had any experience using the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) as a tool in settlement negotiations with federal agencies? The act has a provision regarding civil penalties that states:
Each agency regulating the activities of small entities shall establish a
policy or program within one year of enactment of this section to provide
for the reduction, and under appropriate circumstances for the waiver, of
civil penalties for violations of a statutory or regulatory requirement by a
small entity. Under appropriate circumstances, an agency may consider
ability to pay in determining penalty assessments on small
EPA has implemented this statute through a handful of self-reporting policies (see this report), but it seems to me that the statute also expresses a Congressional policy that might be useful in negotiations with EPA or other federal agencies. I would be very interested in anyone's experience in this regard.

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